Tisbury Business Association hosts events for summer fun


The Tisbury Business Association (TBA) has some fun events planned in Vineyard Haven this summer, including an outdoor movie at Owen Park and Sunday art strolls.

“The business community is working hard to continue the revitalization downtown,” TBA president Dawn Braasch told the town’s selectmen at a meeting last week.

As part of the “Summer for the Sharks 2012,” Ms. Braasch said the TBA is teaming up with JAWSFEST and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society on an outdoor screening of the movie “Blue Water, White Death” at sunset, 8 pm, on Saturday, June 23. Admission is free.

The 99-minute documentary produced in 1971 promotes shark conservation and awareness. Writer and director Peter Gimbel traveled from Durban, South Africa, across the Indian Ocean to South Australia with a team of photographers to find and film a great white shark, according to the movie website IMDb.

Island Cove Mini Golf and Waterside Market will sell concessions. The Irie Bites food truck will also be present.

Other upcoming TBA events include two Sunday art strolls in Vineyard Haven, on July 29, and August 12, from 4 to 7 pm. “We want to call attention to all that our town has to offer, the best in culinary arts, performance art, fine art, literary arts and more,” Ms. Braasch said.

Next month, TBA businesses will celebrate the “ringing of the bells” on July 4th, in keeping with a state proclamation that bells should ring from town buildings, church buildings, and stores at 2 pm that day to celebrate the nation’s independence.

On July the weekend of July 13 to 15, the TBA will welcome the Vineyard Cup Sailing Regatta to town. Participating businesses will offer store specials for people with Regatta wristbands, Ms. Braasch said.